Who could forget Anne Shirley’s first impression of Gilbert Blythe on her first day of school in Avonlea? And also having a crush on Gil? I remember watching the Anne of Green Gables movies from Sullivan Entertainment summer after summer from grade school through today. Having read the novels and then seeing the characters come to life, I couldn’t help imagining myself on Prince Edward Island and living at Green Gables with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
Of course, I was rooting for Gilbert Blythe always for Anne’s future beau, even when he was engaged to Christine briefly in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. Their teasing friendship, romance, and ultimately marriage warmed the hearts of all those fans of Anne and Gil. Jonathan Crombie brilliantly portrayed the dashing, charming yet playful and sincere Gilbert Blythe. He was the perfect compliment to Megan Follow’s Anne Shirley.
Seeing that Jonathan Crombie passed away a few days ago at the young age of 48, my heart depressed thinking about the lives he has touched and the family he was leaving behind. Although I mainly know of his acting through the Anne of Green Gable series, Jonathan has starred in several other television series and guest starred on recent shows like The Good Wife. I feel as if the literary world lost a memorable character that has helped shape the identity of Gilbert Blythe and countless other characters portrayed on television and the big screen.
Now I’m off to the library to borrow the mini series for the umpteenth time.
Here’s to you, Jonathan Crombie. You will be missed.
What are some of your favorite memories of Jonathan Crombie’s portrayal of Gilbert Blythe?